Way into LEGOs

Pile of Legos

We are WAY into LEGO® Bricks, especially LEGO® minifigures. There are days I feel like LEGO Minifigure Year by Year is a family photo album. So when a friend suggested a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry for their Brick by Brick exhibit, featuring the work of certified LEGO® Certified Professional Adam Reed Tucker, we were SO there! Did […]

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Exploring Asian Heritage for Kids

Angel Island book cover

Whenever people find out that I'm a quarter Filipino, they are always surprised. No, I don't speak Tagalog, as my mom was barely 3 years old when her family escaped the Philippines to the United States during World War II. When I was growing up, I always wondered, where do I fit in? In honor of Asian American […]

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Twisted Fairy Tales

Rapunzel Robot, flickr user ittybittiesforyou

Once upon a time, there was a story about a princess. Does this story sound familiar to you? It's the beginning of a familiar fairy tale, one you've been told over and over again since you were little. But this time, there is something just a little bit different. Add a new twist and suddenly everything […]

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Thank YOU Elephant & Piggie!

Source: Cristina Camargo, CPL

Let’s celebrate Thank-O-Rama month with the famous duo that showed us the true meaning of friendship and the person behind all the wonderful adventures these two shared. THANK YOU Mo Willems for bringing Elephant & Piggie to us.  You gave my beginning reader stories that he proudly and joyfully read aloud. Thank you for helping […]

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Remembering the Holocaust: Books for Kids

Always Remember Me book cover

This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, begins on the evening of May 4 and ends on the evening of May 5. During this time, people around the world will remember the millions of people who lost their lives. It is difficult to talk about the Holocaust, but everyone wants to make sure it […]

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Thank a Teacher

Stack of old books with red apple on a wooden desk

If you know how to read, thank a teacher. If you know how to add and subtract, thank a teacher. If you are curious about the world, thank a teacher. The first week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week. What a good reason to read about some teachers who've made a real difference in kids' lives! Matilda loves […]

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Sing Me to Sleep: Picture Books for Bedtime

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star book cover

Babies love the sound of their parents' voices. Whether read or sung, lullabies are a wonderful way to bond with your child and a great way to get young children to fall asleep. Plus, kids don't care how good your voice sounds. The words and rhythms in traditional lullabies and nursery rhymes are very simple […]

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Best Friends Forever

My Friend is Sad book cover

Here’s a list I made: Peanut butter and jelly Milk and cookies Chicken and waffles Cheese and crackers Peas and carrots What kind of a list is this? No, it’s not my grocery list! All of these foods are tasty on their own but when you put them together, their differences make them extra special. […]

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Celebrate Our National Parks

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Kids, pack your bags, grab your hiking shoes and tell the family it’s time for a real vacation! Where are some of the best places to vacation? Our National Parks! There is no better year to visit these treasures than this year as the National Parks’ celebrate their centennial. Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service! Glaciers, mountains, […]

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Quiz: Do You Know Beverly Cleary?

Beezus and Ramona and Henry Huggins book covers

Do you love Ramona, Beezus, Henry and friends? Celebrate legendary children’s book author Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday this month: Test your knowledge of her classic books with our quiz created by bloggers Alexa, Amy, Becca, Jason, Liv, Mary, Ramona and Shilo.

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